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[Press Release]Withdrawal of coal & CSG applications a great outcome

Friends of the Earth media release August 8, 2011

*Withdrawal of coal and CSG applications a great outcome*

Mecrus Resources, the mining company who has applied for exploratory
mineral mining licences throughout SW Victoria, has taken Coal Seam Gas
and Coal off the list of resources they will explore for.

“This is a wonderful outcome: for the local community, the environment,
and common sense” said Cam Walker, campaigns co-ordinator with Friends
of the Earth. “The time for investment in new coal is long over. The
community does not want CSG operations in this state.”

“While the company still intends to look for mineral sands, gold,
silver, and other resources, and these could all have negative impacts
on agricultural land in the west of the state, the withdrawal of coal
and CSG is a great outcome. Given the impacts of mineral sands
operations on water and land, it is hard to imagine the community would
support mining for this resource. We congratulate the company for
listening to the deep community concern that exists around further coal
expansion and the threat of Coal Seam Gas and urge them to abandon any
plans to look for mineral sands”.

“This is a victory for local groups who have mobilised against what is
clearly an unsustainable and un-popular proposal”.



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